Ayr, ON



    Bringing Outdoor Dreams to Life in Ayr, ON

    Meet the Macmillans from Ayr, ON - a young, lively family who loves the great outdoors. Like many of us, they wanted to create a slice of paradise in their own backyard. They dreamed of a place where their kids could enjoy the pool and outdoor fun, just like they did in their childhood. But their old, rotting wood deck and pool-less yard were far from this dream. That's where we came in, ready to realize their dream.

    The Problem: A Yard That Just Didn't Cut It

    The Macmillans’ yard had potential, but it wasn't living up to it. The old deck was more of a safety worry than a relaxing spot, and the lack of a pool was a big missing piece. They needed more than a simple fix-up; they needed a total yard makeover to really enjoy their outdoor space.

    Our Approach: The Soares Way

    Here's where we shine. Our process, the Soares Way, isn't just about building – it's about listening and understanding what our clients really want. We took the time to get to know the Macmillans, their style, and their needs. Our goal was to build a yard that wasn't just beautiful, but also fit their lifestyle perfectly.

    The Plan: A Yard for Every Occasion

    We got creative with our design. The plan included a cozy hot tub corner, a perfect firepit area even when it rains, an outdoor dining spot, a cool cooking area, the main attraction – a pool, and a lounge spot to kick back in. Plus, we added some lovely plants for privacy and a touch of nature's beauty.

    Overcoming Challenges

    The yard's slope was a real challenge. We had to build two retaining walls to make space for the pool. Another hurdle was dealing with the township's rules and getting the right engineering plans. But, we handled it all smoothly, ensuring everything was up to code and looked great.

    The Big Win: A Yard Transformed

    The change was incredible. The Macmillans now have the yard they always wanted. It's become their go-to spot for cooking, eating, and having fun in the pool. It's incredible to see how a well-designed outdoor space can become the heart of a home.

    The Real Difference

    The new yard has become a special place for the Macmillans. It's more than just a nice-looking space – it's where they make memories and enjoy time together. It shows how a great outdoor area can change how a family lives and plays.

    Before and After: Seeing is Believing

    The transformation is best seen in the photos. The old, tired deck has been replaced with a vibrant, functional outdoor paradise. These photos really show off the hard work and thought that went into every corner of this project.

    Brandon MacMillan 4-export landscape -25-export

    Sticking to the Budget

    Managing the Macmillans' yard makeover budget was a careful balancing act. With any big project, there's a temptation to go all out on every feature, but we aim to be smart and strategic. Our approach? Prioritize essentials and make savvy choices on the rest.

    We navigated through various options, focusing on value without sacrificing quality. For instance, the fire pit and pool cover system. We chose models that delivered on functionality and aesthetics but didn't strain the budget. It's about finding those gems that offer the best of both worlds.

    The essentials, like the pool and patios, were non-negotiable regarding quality. These areas are the heart of the yard, and we ensured they were top-notch, even if it meant allocating a bit more of the budget to them. After all, these are the spaces where the family will make most of their memories.

    Ultimately, it was all about making smart compromises, proving that a dream outdoor space doesn't always require a dream-sized budget.


    Conclusion: More Than Just a Yard

    This project with the Macmillans was about more than building a beautiful yard. It was about creating a space where they could enjoy life, relax, and make lasting memories. We hope this story inspires you to consider what your outdoor space could be. We're just a call away if you're dreaming of something similar.

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    Showcase Video

    Our showcase video will take you through the whole project. You'll see each area we built, hear about the challenges, and see the final result. It's a great way to get a feel for the whole journey from start to finish.